What do you need?

by Jason Bollinger on February 19th, 2015

Recent weeks have given us many opportunities to sit down with church leaders, business owners, non-profit leaders, families and individuals to talk about missions. It is a great joy to connect people to what God is doing in the nations. There is a common question asked in many of my meetings, and that question is, “What do you need?” I thought I’d take a few minutes and answer that for our Links Family. At this point we need three things: (1) Relationships (2) Resources (3) Referrals.

Relationships
The heart of Links is not to simply do as much good as WE can. Our heart is to connect as many people as possible to solid mission work that is changing lives and bringing good news to the poor. We don’t work alone. One of our core values is “We believe in partnership without ownership.” Our heart is to weave together a relational network that allows for needs to be met in sustainable and holistic ways.

It is important for us to have a tribe of people who share a common heart. That heart is equipping and empowering people in developing situations with sustainable solutions to lift as many as possible out of poverty. We do this through Community Healthcare Education, Business Development, Agricultural Advances, Leadership Development, Strategic Projects, Church Partnerships and much more.

We want to link arms with people who appreciate this heart and are passionate about taking Good News to the ends of the earth. We have relationships that have been around for a long time, and we have new relationships forming every day. It has been in the context of relationships that our best work has been done. Links has a strong history of saying, “Together, we can make a difference!” We covet your prayers over the relationships we have and are developing.

Resources
There are a lot of different resources that we need, but the main one is money. It takes money to keep an organization running. It takes money to travel both domestically and internationally. It takes money to attend conferences. It takes money to facilitate projects and training. It takes money to pay salaries that allow the work to continue to grow and expand. Everything takes money.

People are giving to Links in various ways. Some give for partners or projects and some give to our general fund. People are usually more prone to be generous to a person or a project, and that’s not bad. We are delighted to facilitate those gifts. However, if we aren’t here to be the “link” for those gifts, those gifts don’t make it to the ground. We love investing into the nations, but foundational funding is also required to allow us to continue the work that God has called us to do.

We deeply value our Links Family who are investing a monthly gift into the foundation of our organization. We also have special and ongoing projects that require funding. The bottom line is that we need financial resources, and no gift is too small or large. 

If you would like to make giving to missions a foundational part of your life that also supports the foundation of our work into the nations, you can set that up on our website, or you can easily contact our office to set something up.

Referrals
Because relationships are important and our heart is to connect as many people as possible to missions, referrals from our Links Family are important. If your friends, family, co-workers, church leaders, etc. hear testimonies from you about Links and the work we’re doing, they have a much better opportunity to get connected. We know there are a lot of quality mission organizations out there. There is plenty of work to go around, and if you think we would be a good fit for someone you know, we would love for you to connect us.

Also, it is a huge help when our messages and stories get shared as it gives more people an opportunity to get involved. “Liking” and “Sharing” Facebook posts or retweeting posts is a very simple way to get the word out. We also love coming to share stories of missions at Church Gatherings, Bible Studies, business meetings, etc. We are available to meet with pastors, business people, organization leaders, families, or individuals that might be interested in partnering. New relationships are always filled with great possibilities for the Kingdom.

It’s truly an exciting time in the life of our organization. There is great work ahead of us, and we know that God is weaving together the perfect intersection of people, places, and resources for the days ahead. We are grateful for the reception that Links is receiving as we get our message out, and we are humbled by those who are asking how they can be involved.

If you want to know more or have any specific questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

For the Kingdom,
Jason Bollinger


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